Usually I answer questions asked by adults. Today I am going to answer questions asked by children:
1. Who invented the Dewey Decimal System?
2. Was he a scientist?
No, he was a librarian.
3. You're kidding?
4. Tell the truth Ms. Nichole! Was Melvil Dewey a real person?
I am not pulling your leg. Melvil Dewey was a real person. Read his online biography here or borrow this book:
5. What are the words to the "I love you" song you sing at storytime?
The song "Skinnamarink Dinky Dink" is what I sing at storytime. It is from my favorite childhood show.
If you are not feeling the love, some librarians like to "Go Bananas" at storytime. Here is one version of the song you can try at home:
6. What is your favorite part of your job?
Helping grown-ups solve real hard problems that will make your life better. If I can help your mom or dad find a new house, or a new job, or something like that; I know that in a small way I have helped you. I am not always successful, but when I am it is the best feeling in the world. I love helping people more than I love reading.
7. How do I become a librarian?
First, finish college and get a Bachelor's Degree in anything you want. Next, get your Master's in Library Science from a school accredited by the American Library Assocation. There are two schools located in California and several programs are available online. And voila, you are now a librarian.
8. How many years of school is that?
Well, let's see.... your Bachelor's Degree is usually takes 4 - 5 years to complete and the average Master's Degree takes 2 - 3 years to complete so... you are looking at at least 6 years of school after you graduate high school.
9. I don't want to go to school that long!
That's okay. Just like everyone who works in the hospital is not a doctor, everyone who works in a library is not a librarian. In addtition to librarians, we have library assistants, library aides, and library volunteers working in a library. Each job has different education requirements and not all of them require a master's degree, but all of them (except volunteers) require you finish high school.
10. Do all librarians wear glasses?
Only the ones that don't wear contact lenses! Just kidding, glasses are not required.